16 May 2008
Lt. Gen. Victor Ibrado, newly-installed Philippine Army chief, is not yet off the hook.
Thus stated KARAPATAN vowing to bring Ibrado to justice for the abduction and disappearance of two peasant activists in Sta.Catalina, Negros Oriental since December 7, 2007, during his stint as commanding general of the AFP-Central Command.
In face of Ibrado’s promotion, KARAPATAN bared that the families of missing activists Reynold Yanoc, 18, and Flaviano Arante, 53, have raised before the Supreme Court on Monday (12 May, 2008) their separate Petitions for Amparo.
Aside from Ibrado, others impleaded in the petition were President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as commander-in-chief, Major Gen. Alexander Yano, Lt. Col. Romeo Basco and four of his officers of the 61st IB.
KARAPATAN-CV is confident the high court will grant the families’ petition and compel Ibrado and his men to account for their responsibilities on gross human rights violations in Negros Oriental and the whole of Central Visayas. In the tail end of Ibrado’s stint at CENTCOM, from January-April this year, KARAPATAN documented at least 47 cases of wanton violations of human rights violations affecting 133 individuals and 28 households including illegal arrests and detention, forced evacuation, and harassment.
“The climate of terror and impunity will continue until the perpetrators of gruesome crimes against our people are punished and the victims given justice,” said Vimarie Arcilla, spokesperson of KARAPATAN-CV.